ANCIENT ROMAN SMALL GLASS UNGUENTARIUM
Measurements: 5 cm - height
Description: A small Roman glass bottle featuring a larger pyriform body and a short, narrow neck leading to a folded rim.Unguentaria were small perfume or cosmetics bottles made of blown glass. They are the most common items of Roman blown glass, equally used in everyday life or deposited as grave goods. Metal oxides were added to the glass to vary its colour and create objects such as this one. Depending on the conditions in the furnace copper oxides in particular were responsible for blue, red or green colour.
Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, nos. 111.
Period: 1st - 2nd century AD
Condition: Fine, small hairlines visible on the surface, from where the piece was repaired - minimal repairs, otherwise intact. Encrustation and iridescence cover the surface.